Tanya Harford (born 28 November 1958) is a retired South African female tennis player.[2]

Tanya Harford
Full nameTanya Jane Harford Gemmell
Country (sports) South Africa
Born (1958-11-28) 28 November 1958 (age 61)
Cape Town, South Africa [1]
Height1.62 m (5 ft 4 in) [1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open1R (1980)
French Open2R (1982)
Wimbledon3R (1980, 1982)
US Open3R (1977)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (1980)
French OpenW (1981)
WimbledonSF (1981)
US OpenQF (1978, 1981)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
WimbledonQF (1981)
US Open1R (1980, 1980)

In 1981 she won the doubles title at the French Open together with compatriot Rosalyn Fairbank. In the final they defeated Candy Reynolds and Paula Smith in straight sets. Her best result at the Wimbledon Championships was reaching the third round in the singles in 1980 and 1982 as well as the semifinal in the doubles and the quarterfinal in the mixed doubles event.[3]

In 1976 she was a runner-up at the Irish Open. Harford reached the final of the South African Open in 1979 but lost in straight sets to Brigitte Cuypers. With Fairbank she won the doubles title at the WTA Swiss Open in 1981.

She served as chair for the Joburg Gay Pride Festival Company, which was organizing the Johannesburg gay pride parade until the dissolution of the company in April 2013,[4] following controversy over the 2012 edition.[5]

Grand Slam finalsEdit

Doubles: 1 (1 title)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1981 French Open Clay   Rosalyn Fairbank   Candy Reynolds
  Paula Smith
6–1, 6–3

Career finalsEdit

Singles (1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 3 December 1979 South African Open, Johannesburg Hard   Brigitte Cuypers 6–7, 2–6


  1. ^ a b Emery, David, ed. (1983). Who's Who in International Tennis. London: Sphere. pp. 52, 53. ISBN 9780722133200.
  2. ^ "WTA – Player profile". WTA.
  3. ^ "Wimbledon players archive – Tanya Harford". AELTC.
  5. ^ "Johannesburg gay pride parade pits politics against partying".

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